Soccer teams end seasons in playoffs

The seasons ended last week for the Delano and Rockford boys and girls soccer teams at the Section 6A tournament.

Delano’s teams both won first-round games before facing and falling to the No. 1 section seed.

The Tiger boys defeated Providence Academy 5-3 as the No. 9 seed beat No. 8. Delano lost to top seed Waconia 6-2.

Bill Gallaher (12) played as a senior midfielder for the Delano boys soccer team. (Photo by Bill Nord)

Bill Gallaher (12) played as a senior midfielder for the Delano boys soccer team. (Photo by Bill Nord)

In the girls bracket, No. 8 seed Delano edged No. 9 Mound-Westonka 1-0 on a goal by Kallie Statema. Top seed Benilde-St. Margaret’s dominated the Tigers 7-0 in the next round.

Rockford lost first round match-ups against high seeds. The No. 13 boys lost 4-0 to No. 4 Holy Family Catholic. The No. 12 Rocket girls lost 1-0 to No. 5 Breck.

Coaches were asked to sum up the seasons and Delano girls coach Amy Glitsos responded.

Nicole Bressler of Delano (left) was defended by Rockford’s McKenzy Belanger when the teams met earlier this season. (Photo by Bill Decker)

Nicole Bressler of Delano (left) was defended by Rockford’s McKenzy Belanger when the teams met earlier this season. (Photo by Bill Decker)

Senior captains were Kayla Manske, Sam Noetzelman, Kallie Statema and Martha Metz.

Top juniors were Addie Taylor, Jessie Gallagher, Amanda Gielau, Amanda Keranen, Gabby Cordes, Nicole Bressler and Maureen Booth.

“Our lone sophomore, Ashley Effertz, unfortunately got hurt part way through the season and was a big loss for us defensively,” adds Glitsos.

Ninth-graders on varsity were starting goalie Kelsey Delisle, Kat Taylor, Sarah Gielau, Addie Madson and Alana Dickerman.

“We did not have set starters all season and really changed it up depending on the goal and who was playing well,” said Glitsos. “We subbed regularly to stay fresh on the field and really had a lot of depth that we have not had in past years.”

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